This won't be haute cuisine unfortunately, but I am kind of stuck. I want to bake some snacks, but have only access to water, flour and sugar (student, between two jobs, need to save). I'm pretty sure I can make something "edible" out of it, that I could then dip into peanut butter, jelly, or whatever I have laying around here.

The only requirements are:

  • need to use only water, flour, and sugar/salt (no baking powder, or eggs)
  • edible (crackers-like things are ok, but no rock-like things)
  • doesn't have to taste great, or even to have a taste at all

So, what is your most simple and minimalist recipe available?


  • Sorry, but we don't accept recipe requests or questions of the form "what should I make/eat" here. This is an even more open-ended form of recipe requests where people are free to post anything at all using those (extremely common) ingredients. Might I suggest one of the many ingredient-based recipe searches?
    – Aaronut
    Jan 9, 2012 at 0:22
  • Well, the idea was to know what I could bake using ONLY these ingredients, nothing added. Every ingredient-based recipe search I found only allows me to select a few ingredients I don't want, whereas what I don't want is "everything else". And so, I find myself with thousands of recipes, exactly because the ingredients are too common. I will try the suggestions below. Jan 9, 2012 at 0:33
  • Those really aren't the only cheap ingredients.
    – Cascabel
    Jan 9, 2012 at 5:38
  • No, but they are the only ones I have availaible, and I don't have the possibility of buying more. I ended up making sacramental bread by the way. Jan 9, 2012 at 12:25

2 Answers 2


With flour, water, and salt you could make sourdough bread. The idea is to encourage wild yeast to grow in a mix of flour and water, which you then use to leaven your bread. It will take a few days to get a culture/starter going in the first place, but once you've done so you can use it to raise all sorts of breads.


You can make Indian flatbreads such as roti and chapati. They're great with savory stuff, but they will go well with peanut butter and jam too!

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